By Laurel Duggan
Prominent liberals did not take kindly to the news that Twitter had agreed to sell itself to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, predicting his ownership of the company would adversely affect the platform.
Twitter users complained that Musk’s takeover would result in an increase in racism and abusive content on the site, and several users noted Musk’s South African background to suggest that he would implement “Apartheid” online.
Elon musk buying Twitter is a dream come true for white nationalists. After all musk is from the former apartheid country of South Africa which the white supremacists idolize.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 25, 2022
“Elon musk buying Twitter is a dream come true for white nationalists,” radio host Dean Obeidallah wrote. “After all musk is from the former apartheid country of South Africa which the white supremacists idolize.”
“Wonder if Elon musk will copy the apartheid rules of his home country South Africa and give us check marks based on our skin color? The whiter the check mark the more rights you have on Twitter,” he said.
At its root, @ElonMusk wanting to purchase Twitter is not about left vs right.
It’s about white power.
The man was raised in Apartheid by a white nationalist.
He’s upset that Twitter won’t allow white nationalists to target/harass people. That’s his definition of free speech.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 25, 2022
“At its root, @ElonMusk wanting to purchase Twitter is not about left vs right. It’s about white power,” activist Shaun King wrote on Twitter. “It’s about how the richest man in the world, a son of Apartheid, raised by a white nationalist, wants to be sure his speech, and that of other white men, isn’t censored.”
Others worried that Musk’s purported intention to allow people with dissenting points of view to speak freely was not necessarily sincere or in line with principles of free speech.
When billionaires like Elon Musk justify their motives by using “freedom,” beware. What they actually seek is freedom from accountability.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) April 24, 2022
“When billionaires like Elon Musk justify their motives by using ‘freedom,’ beware,” former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said. “What they actually seek is freedom from accountability.”
‘I still think Elon Musk owning Twitter is a bad idea,” Occupy Democrats writer David Weissman said. “He will amplify racists, bigots, and misinformation. He is a bad-faith actor with his distorted views of free speech and censorship.”
“I hope you won’t become a platform for spreading misinformation as that’s not what free speech means,” Forbes writer Adi Gaskell wrote.
As the meltdowns unfolded, news sites CNET and The Verge published articles Monday explaining how Twitter users could deactivate their accounts.
When an oligarch buys a communication platform to distribute rightwing propaganda that's not democracy.
— Jennifer Mercieca (@jenmercieca) April 25, 2022
“When an oligarch buys a communication platform to distribute rightwing propaganda that’s not democracy,” Texas A&M professor Jennifer Merciera said.
“So if/when Elon Musk takes control of Twitter and turns it into a malevolent mouthpiece, where should Democrats and Progressives go for free speech on social media? An existing site or do we start our own?” journalist Niki Finke wrote.
Twitter’s board agreed to sell the company to Musk for $54.20 per share Monday afternoon in a transaction worth roughly $44 billion.
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8 thoughts on “Liberals absolutely lose their minds about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover”
Unrelated but very relevant.
At least one person is man enough to fight against totalitarian censorship, the Republican party doesn’t have the guts to do anything about it!
Pushback beginning already:
This reminds me very much of what went on with Donald Trump.
They all loved him until he became the President.
They all loved Elon- until he stepped off the plantation.
Elon is a business man and he is a federally funded business man. Remember Nancy Pelosi purchased a load of Tesla stock before the climate change Resolution. Why do people like Elon, Bezos, Zuckerborg, and @Jack have so much money? How do social platforms and Tesla make money without making a profit? Why do other platforms struggle to compete? Federal money and federal infrastructure at their disposal. I believe Elon is making a strategic business move which is still too fresh to discern what is really going on. Other billionaires are working against him, hence, he outed Bill Gates for shorting Tesla. It’s a billionaire v billionaire war. Also, Elon was courting the Chinese and the Chinese stole his intellectual property and that likely didn’t sit too well either.
Elon Musk is a much needed breath of fresh air, which shook up the WORLD’s automotive world, making huge profits selling 1,2 million EVs in 2021, and he should up space travel, by having a reusable rocket
He should be US President
He has vision, and great engineering, business and management skills, all of which is grossly lacking in Washington, DC
The career, political current clowns have proven themselves to be second rate operatives, that turn everything to s..t.
Talking head Wallace was a part of CCN+, which has been erased from the globe, because it was spending at the rate of $10 million PER DAY, AND SHOWING NO RESULTS
Wallace said he does not hold what his future holds.
He is a clever fellow. He can surely figure it out.
We can see the level of the problems- watching these exploding heads..
They are freaking out about the loss of CONTROL..
What’s not to be entertaining about watching liberal heads explode due to the pressure buildup of excessive hypocrisy in their craniums? It would certainly have been easier though if all freedom-minded people just STOPPED USING TWITTER. Who needs it?
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